Craig Butler wants to focus to being a manager/agent for players like Chelsea’s Dujuan “Whisper” Richards and Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey
Keven Jones, the Mona High School Principal, has revealed that they’re planning to maintain their dominance in Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) soccer. They are hoping to create a dynasty that will outlast Craig Butler.
Head Coach and Technical Director Craig Butler guided Mona High to an Under-19 urban area football title. This is the first time that they have won the Manning Cup title. This was an impressive achievement for Butler because he has only been in charge for three years. Butler told journalists that he will stop coaching schoolboy football in 2024. He will shift his focus to being a manager/agent of players like Chelsea’s Dujuan “Whisper” Richards and Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey.
Mona is also expected to lose the services of top players like Dante Peralto, Robino Gordon and Captain Akeem Bernard. These players are likely to move into the world of professional football.
Jones confirmed that they are already preparing for a future without Craig Butler. This is despite not receiving an official confirmation from Butler. Jones said that he is committed to ensure that Mona can defend their Manning Cup trophy.
He said that he will a coach who can maintain or improve on Butler’s achievements. He wants a coach with great coaching and motivational skills. He wants a coach who can hit the ground running, this is because all their competitors will be coming after their status as defending champions. He claimed that Mona has enough talented players to dominate the Manning Cup for the next three years.
Clarendon College recently humbled Mona with a 4-0 defeat in the Olivier Shield play-off. This match was between the rural and the urban champions. However, Jones said that the outcome would not hinder their growth because they are in an upward trajectory. It’s also important to note that the Olivier Shield is less significant than the Manning Cup trophy.
Jones also revealed that Mona will focus on improving their status in the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships. This resolution comes after a miserable 2023 edition in which the school gathered only two points. He said that they’ve come up with a programme to improve their performances in track and field, School’s Challenge Quiz, football and netball. He believes that it will take two to three years to improve in track and field.